tmj/tmd Treatment In Ashburn

Get Relief From Jaw Pain

If you’re suffering from jaw pain, stiffness, or soreness, you may have TMJ/TMD, and Dr. Gino can help at Dulles Life Smiles. Contact us for an appointment now.

TMJ/TMD diagnosis
Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT)
Botox for TMJ/TMD
Free TMJ consultation

Signs that you have tmj/tmd

If you have been experiencing issues with your jaw, it’s possible that you have TMJ/TMD. There are a variety of different signs and symptoms that are common in TMJ/TMD patients. Here are a few of the most common and easy-to-recognize signs that may indicate an issue with your temporomandibular joint.

Jaw pain, stiffness & discomfort

You may experience a lot of pain or discomfort around your ears, or throughout your jaw. This pain can even cause migraine headaches and other symptoms.

Pain or difficulty when chewing

With TMJ/TMD, it’s common for your jaw to hurt or ache when chewing, particularly if you are chewing very tough or hard foods.

Jaw “clicking” or “popping”

 If your jaw frequently makes clicking or popping sounds, particularly in conjunction with the other symptoms of TMJ/TMD, you may need to get help from Dr. Gino. In severe cases, your jaw may even become stuck or locked in place.

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What is TMJ/TMD?

TMJ/TMD are abbreviations used for “temporomandibular joint disorder.” The correct term for this condition is TMD, but the acronym TMJ is often used interchangeably by doctors and patients alike. 

In this condition, the temporomandibular joint that connects your skull to your jaw has become damaged due to inflammation, injury, or overuse. This joint is located just beneath each of your ears.

If the joint becomes damaged or inflamed, it will no longer operate smoothly, and can cause significant pain and discomfort, as well as issues with proper chewing. 

TMJ/TMD can occur due to a wide variety of issues, ranging from jaw overuse (caused by excessive gum chewing or teeth grinding, for example) to traumatic injury, inflammatory diseases (such as arthritis), and more. 

TMJ/TMD Treatment with oral appliance & Botox

Oral appliance therapy is a great option for TMJ/TMD treatment. In this treatment, Dr. Gino will create a custom-fitted oral appliance that will reposition your jaws while you sleep, relieving strain on the temporomandibular joint and allowing it to heal properly.  

Botox is another option for treating TMJ/TMD, particularly if Dr. Gino believes your TMJ/TMD is caused by bruxism (teeth grinding). Botox can be injected directly into your jaw muscles, where it will selectively paralyze the muscles and prevent grinding and overuse of your temporomandibular joint.

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tMJ/TMD Frequently asked questions

Can I leave TMJ/TMD Untreated? 

Leaving a serious medical condition like TMJ/TMD is never a good idea. It is true that some minor cases of TMJ/TMD can be relieved with at-home care and lifestyle changes, such as ceasing a gum chewing habit. 

But that doesn’t mean you can leave TMJ/TMD untreated. If your case is more severe, this could lead to even more damage to your temporomandibular joint and the other muscles and joints of your jaw. If you are experiencing jaw pain or discomfort and you need to get help from an experienced dentist like Dr. Gino at Dulles Life Smiles right away.